GTHL on hiatus until 2021 amid spike in COVID-19 cases


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TORONTO – A major Ontario youth hockey organization has suspended operations for the remainder of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Greater Toronto Hockey League has announced it is suspending all official activities at least until January 1, 2021, as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to skyrocket in Ontario’s most populous city.

The league says it is acting on the advice of the Toronto medical officer of health, who has pushed the provincial government to take stronger action to curb the spread of the virus.

Dr Eileen de Villa called on the province to ban all indoor sports activities, among other measures.

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Ontario has tightened some public health restrictions as the number of COVID-19 cases rises to levels not seen since the spring, but de Villa says more aggressive action is needed to get the numbers under control.

The league was set to begin its season on October 7, but President Don West said the current workload in the city makes the game dangerous for everyone.

“There are no easy answers during a pandemic,” West said in a statement. “The organization’s volunteers and GTHL staff have worked hard to create the safest environment possible, but given the current situation, it is time for us to take a break for the safety of the players and their families. .

Toronto is one of three hot spots in the province where stricter public health measures took effect on Saturday, including lower limits for customers in bars and restaurants. The same restrictions were introduced in the neighboring region of Peel as well as in Ottawa.

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